DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Former Duke and NBA star Grant Hill and his wife are giving $1.25 million to the school.
Bill Martel Racing announced Wednesday that the team is hosting “Go Pink @ Pocono 3,” a benefit track walk for the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition on Saturday, August 2 at Pocono Raceway. The event will follow the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 150, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET. It’s also the perfect opportunity for fans to walk for a great cause and take pictures on a NASCAR track — for which we thank Pocono and NASCAR.” “This year we are offering a limited edition Pink Ribbon Race Decal for a $25 donation — which will be customized and affixed to our NASCAR truck by Kyle Martel.
Defensive tackle Geno Atkins joined in his first training camp practice on Wednesday, a big step in his comeback from a torn knee ligament. One of the NFL’s top interior linemen, Atkins had been limited to working out on a side field for the first week of training camp. Coach Marvin Lewis said he’ll be limited at the outset. Atkins’ return is a huge boost to a defense that finished third overall in the NFL last season.
Alan Gustafson says he doesn’t know much about the penalties handed down Tuesday to the No. 11 team for Joe Gibbs Racing and driver Denny Hamlin, but he does know the severity of the penalties can’t be overstated. “I don’t know enough about what happened,” Gustafson, crew chief for Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon, said during a national teleconference on Wednesday. “As far as the severity of it, yeah, anytime you see those kinds of penalties, it’s like, ‘Wow, that’s huge.’ It gets your attention; Hamlin and his team were stripped of 75 driver and owner points, while crew chief Darian Grubb and car chief Wesley Sherrill were suspended for six races, for issues discovered in a post-race inspection of the car following Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed he has met with San Antonio officials but declined to disclose whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to Texas. ”Former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros is a friend, and Henry suggested I take the opportunity to meet with some city officials while I was in town,” Davis said in a statement Tuesday night. ”I have nothing further to discuss on the topic.” The San Antonio Express-News reported that Davis met on July 18 with Cisneros, then-Mayor Julian Castro, City Manager Sheryl Sculley and the president of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce to discuss potentially moving the Raiders from Oakland to San Antonio.
Churchill Downs Inc. is finalizing a deal with the operators of the Saratoga Casino and Raceway to manage the upstate New York gambling facility and another in Colorado, the companies announced Wednesday. Churchill Downs and Saratoga Harness Racing Inc. announced they are finalizing a five-year management contract for the Saratoga Springs harness track and video gambling operation and the Saratoga Casino Black Hawk in Black Hawk, Colorado. The deal would require regulatory approval in New York and Colorado.
Matt Kenseth was the points leader when news broke in June 2012 that the former champion would leave Roush Fenway Racing — the only home he’d ever known at NASCAR’s top level — at the end of that year. With the shadow of the transition hanging constantly over him, Edwards’ former teammate won twice late in the season to rebound from a rough start to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. It wasn’t the best of seasons anyway for NASCAR’s most popular driver, but it got worse — over the final 22 races Earnhardt suffered six DNFs, most of them engine failures that sparked whispers of sabotage given the strained relationships within the organization at the time. Earnhardt crashed in two of his final four starts and limped out of Homestead a distant 16th in final points.
Michele Roberts has watched basketball for as long as she can remember. When she saw an interview last year with an NBA player and noticed how passionately he talked about trying to improve his embattled union, she wanted to be more than a fan. Now the Washington trial lawyer is the first woman to lead a North American pro sports union. Roberts was elected Tuesday as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, and she’s eager to provide the leadership it needs after a few difficult years.
Matt Kemp is making a case for himself, regardless of where he’s playing the rest of the season. With his name being bandied about ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline, Kemp hit a pair of two-run homers to power the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Atlanta Braves 8-4 Tuesday night. ”I’m just worried about helping my team win.” Kemp is playing right field, where he began his career, having been moved from center field in the Dodgers’ crowded outfield. ”I’m just happy to be in the lineup.” Yasiel Puig had four hits with two runs scored for the first-place Dodgers, who won their season-high fourth straight.
The quiet summer campus of UCLA found itself suddenly steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some eight million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school’s storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation. The 30-inch, nearly century old pipe burst under nearby Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon, sending water 30 feet into the air, opening a 15-foot hole in the street and inundating part of the campus that was soon swarmed with police and firefighters. ”Unfortunately UCLA was the sink for this water source,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said.
His left oblique no longer a painful obstacle, Francisco Liriano is starting to look like the dominant pitcher he was for Pittsburgh in 2013. With the Pirates in the thick of the race in the NL Central, the timing couldn’t be better. Liriano struck out a season-high 11 in seven innings to win consecutive starts for the first time this season and Pittsburgh beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Tuesday night. ”I was just trying to hit my spots, make some good pitches,” said Liriano, who last won consecutive starts nearly a year ago.
. – Kiradech Aphibarnrat still remembers the cheers each time he reached for his driver at last year’s PGA Championship and the big-hitting Thai has no plans to curb his aggressive style after earning a return invitation for the year’s final major. Aphibarnrat will join Anirban Lahiri of India, compatriot Thongchai Jaidee as well as South Koreans K.J. Choi, Y.E. Yang and Noh Seung-yul of Korea in the Asian contingent at the Aug. 7-10 tournament at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky. The burly Thai, the reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, finished tied for 25th place last year in his PGA Championship debut. I remember the fans cheering me on at the tee boxes and they liked to see me use my driver,” the 25-year-old told the Asian Tour website (www.asiantour.com).